Mentors

We’re firming up our mentor list for 2019 InspireSong. Like previous years, we’ll be adding last minute additions right up until the event!

Keith Mohr

Creator/Director InspireSong

Over the past 2 decades, Keith Mohr has served thousands of independent songwriters, artists, bands, and musicians.
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Keith owned and operated a commercial recording studio in Central Pennsylvania from 1997-2003, producing many custom projects including mixing most of the top Christian artists and bands who performed at the world’s largest Christian music festival, Creation Fest. The mixes were included in a PBS documentary, “Message in the Music.”

In 1997, Keith founded Indieheaven.com, an online resource for independent Christian artists and grew it to be the leading organization of its kind, developing tools and community for members to self publish and distribute their music that were ahead of it’s time.

Keith relocated to Nashville, TN in 2003 and created the CIA Summit conferences for independent Christian artists. In 2010, Keith created InspireSong, a songwriter retreat held in the spring in Aspen, CO. The next retreat is slated for May 17-19, 2019.

In 2009, Keith created a popular songwriter open-mic contest, Nashville Rising Song. The event is one of it’s kind in Nashville and attracts emerging songwriters of all genres hoping to be discovered, and music industry personnel looking for the next big song. Keith also evaluates and finds opportunities for songs through his Nashville Songpitcher service.

Keith is also the VP of Artist Relations at Nashville Artist Development, a label services/development company serving artists and songwriters in their music aspirations.

Keith is the creator/director of InspireSong.

Sue Mohr

Creative Consultant, The Inner Vizion

Sue has been a Creative Consultant and Project Manager in the field of music and television since 1997 through her company The Inner Vizion.
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She understands the creative process from the inside out. Sue has developed a system called The Discovery Process that guides singer/songwriters, and creatives in building an 18-month plan for effective and financial success in their endeavors. She has managed musicians, including a successful pop/rock Disney trio, traveled the country as a motivational/inspirational speaker, pens articles for a recurring column in Christian Musician Magazine and is a clinician at the Christian Musician Summit. Her goal is to teach not for a moment, but to teach and cause a domino effect for a life-time!

Learn more at: theinnervizion.com

Derek Brown

Worship Pastor at Crossroads Church

Derek is a full-time worship pastor at Crossroads Church in Aspen, Colorado and has been leading worship for 20 years.
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His responsibilities at the church also include weddings, pre-marital & marriage counseling as well as serving on the Directional Team. He is the president of Mountain Town Music and Publishing and also the founder and director of the Central Rockies Songwriter’s Circle. Derek also enjoys leading his own musical project, The Derek Brown Band.

Among other creative endeavors he is also developing and leading an online church plant (website TBA) designed to reach those who have faith, may have faith and will have faith but have no church home. His vision is to bring Biblical teaching and encouragement to online viewers and eventually connect them to a Christian community in their respective area.

Originally from Crawford Alabama, Derek has lived in Aspen for 25 years. He and his wife, Jennifer have three children. He is passionate about worship, family, songwriting, biking, reading with his kids, and equipping his family and others to lead lives that glorify God. The vast majority of Derek’s calling to lead in the church revolves around his deep desire to remind people that God is accessible.

Ian Eskelin

Producer/Songwriter

Ian Eskelin is a producer, songwriter, solo artist, founding member and lead singer of the Grammy-nominated Christian Rock band All Star United, and President of recording and publishing company Radiate Music.

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He won the Dove Award for “Producer of the Year” in 2011 and 2008, and was nominated for the same award in 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2012. Eskelin also has received multiple Dove and Grammy nominations for his songwriting and production work working with artists such as Francesca Battistelli “Holy Spirit”, 7eventh Time Down “God Is On The Move”, Sidewalk Prophets, Chris August, and Hawk Nelson to name a few.

As an artist and writer Eskelin has had more than fifty Top 10 singles in the United States, including 25 #1 charting songs. He has additionally had international #1 songs in various countries including Japan, Singapore, and Australia. Ian’s songs have been licensed for use on major networks including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, ESPN, and also many feature films.

Learn more at: IanEskelin.com

Jonathan Mason

Director, WORD Worship

Jonathan Mason is a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL and former student of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
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With the academia background, working within a local church as a music director, and traveling with a nationally touring worship band, Jonathan has developed a deep passion for music ministry. He is currently serving as the director of Word Worship, a label imprint and publisher under Word Entertainment in Nashville, TN.

Learn more at: WordWorship.com

Trevor Mathiesen

Publishing & A&R Director at Curb / Word Entertainment

“Trevor Mathiesen has been at Curb|Word Entertainment for 5 years and is currently the Publishing and A&R Director.
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Contributing to the creative process on both the publishing and label side, Trevor is involved daily with song critiques, setting up co-writes, and finding ways to creatively steward Curb|Word’s stable of artists, writers and songs. In addition, he is heavily involved with the administrative side of the business such as copyright, licensing, and business affairs.

Before Curb|Word Entertainment, Trevor spent 11 years working for Christian music artist Michael W. Smith, first as a personal assistant and then as a creative director. His passion for music took him to Middle Tennessee State University where he got his degree in Mass Communications and Production Technology for the Recording Industry. Trevor is a songwriter, guitar player and vocalist and has also been a worship leader for 20 years. He lives in Nashville with his wife and two young daughters.”

Learn more at: WordWorship.com

Paul Herman

Content Creator, CCLI

As a songwriter, worship leader, and a member of the management team, Paul is connected to CCLI in every possible way —songwriter, worship leader and staff member.
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After serving as CCLI’s Marketing Manager/ North America for 14 years, Paul has now assumed the role of Content Creator for CCLI’s Global Marketing Team. For more than a decade, Paul has overseen the steady growth of CCLI’s licenses and services while loving the music, songwriters and artists that CCLI represents.

He now helps create and compile content for CCLI’s web properties, marketing campaigns, communications initiatives and CCLI’s worship resource platform, WorshipFuel. Working with publishers, record labels, songwriters, artists and media members, Paul has established a strong network of content providers to help CCLI encourage and empower worship throughout the world.

Doug Gould

CEO Worship MD

Doug Gould travels extensively across the USA teaching church worship teams how to improve their technology to deliver a presentation that consumers come to expect.
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He is a manufacturer representative who will display the latest gear for home recording enthusiasts and be available to answer questions from attendees.

After leaving Shure as U.S Market Development Manager in 2009, Doug Gould created Worship MD, a Market Development Specialist that educates and trains church worship and tech teams on best practices of audio and music technology. 

Over the last seventeen years he has been a very effective presenter and product evangelist at hundreds of worship & tech conferences, seminars and workshops around the world. 

Present clients include Audio-Technica, Presonus and Martin Guitars 

Past clients have included Aviom, D’Addario, Korg, Vox, Blackstar, Westone, Ultimate Ears, Waves, TASCAM and others. 

He can be reached at www.worshipmd.com or at his email doug@worshipmd.com

You can also find him at http://www.facebook.com/officialworshipmd

Sheri Gould

Sheri Gould Vocal Coaching

Sheri is a graduate of the University of Ill. She has taught voice privately for over 35 years. She has been a worship leader and music director in various local churches since 1986.
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She was the director of Good News Productions, an evangelistic outreach involving singing, drama, dance and original musicals for 13 years.

She writes for Worship Musician! Magazine and tours the country with her husband teaching and equipping the Body of Christ for music ministry at such conferences as, National Worship Leader Conference, Christian Musician Summit, Seminars4Worship, Camp Electric, Experience Conference, Worship Institute Northeast, WorshipGod and many more.

A home-schooling mom since 1985, she her husband Doug reside in New Jersey where she is now home-schooling the last of their eight children.

Learn more at: sherigould.com

Ryan Stevenson

Gotee Records Artist/Songwriter

As he set to work on writing new music, Ryan Stevenson had a lot to express in the batch of songs that would culminate into his third studio project, No Matter What.
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Lots of life lived, including making decisions to be more present to with his family in the midst of a heavy touring schedule and moving to a new city. Vital revelations of self and spirituality unpacked. Persistent fears acknowledged, battled, overcome and battled again. Ryan had songs for all of that, but considering the two years it took to finish the album, he clearly wasn’t interested in rushing the process.

“Each collection of songs is a different journey for me—I feel like I’m always experiencing different phases of growth and refining, which is what really helps me with the inspiration in the music,” says Ryan. “I definitely feel like I grew spiritually and emotionally during the making of this record, because I was truly leaning into the Lord, and asking the Holy Spirit to breathe into each aspect of it.”

Sparked by the tremendous success of his breakthrough radio hit “Eye of the Storm”— a multi-week Billboard chart-topper that became one of the most illustrious singles of 2016—Ryan enlisted that song’s producer and co-writer Bryan Fowler to help with No Matter What. Gotee label head TobyMac was also very much in the mix on various creative levels, including writing and executive production.

The tight-knit trio has already scored one hit from the project, as Ryan’s quintessential anthem—and the cornerstone of the entire album—“The Gospel,” hit Billboard Top 3 status in 2017. The song managed to receive airplay at all 112 chart-reporting Christian Adult Contemporary and Hot AC stations in the country.
“Bryan and I have a unique chemistry and ability to work flawlessly together,” Ryan shares. “And of course Toby is a huge part of everything I do—and not just on this project. We’re a part of each other’s lives personally, which makes the music creativity all the more special.”

The collaborations didn’t stop there. On top of a slew of other A-list co-writers and creative influencers including Jason Ingram, Chris Stevens, Jonathan Smith and Hank Bentley, two of the most iconic names in CCM also jumped in to lend vocals to songs. MercyMe frontman Bart Millard joined Ryan on the title track “No Matter What” and Amy Grant contributed her unmistakable voice and songwriting to the power ballad “Faithful,” an earnest charge to resist the world’s distractions and seek the Kingdom first.

For Ryan, “No Matter What”—the album’s swing-ballad lead single—envelopes the entire central theme of the project in under four minutes.

“When people finish listening to “No Matter What” and the album as a whole, more than anything, I hope they’ll walk away knowing that, no matter what they think about themselves—the shame, regret, guilt of their pasts—Jesus still sees them through the lens of redemption and grace,” says Ryan.

While Ryan doesn’t skimp on getting the message across throughout No Matter What’s nine tracks, there’s no shortage of stylistic flavor in the mix, either. The power-pop explosion of leadoff track “Lift You Up,” sets an inviting tone of what’s going on in Ryan’s head and heart, while complementing other high-energy tunes found later in the playlist, like the synth-pop jam “Always Been You” and the 90s-inspired ode to his youth “Single-Wide Dreaming.”

After two years of prayerful consideration and preparation in crafting the album, if there’s one song that came down to being the most meaningful to Ryan, it’s “Child In Your Arms.”

“This song was such a huge point of inspiration for the project,” recalls Ryan. “We wanted to write each song like a child writing a letter to his or her daddy. The Lord has been teaching me a lot these days about becoming a child – returning to my child-like wonder – and this song was my moment to essentially crawl up in His lap and be His son.

“It was essential over the course of these two years that every song on this record exists for a reason,” he continues. “I was very intentional how lyrics and music were being crafted from the very beginning. What’s resulted is a collection of songs that have seriously stirred me, and will hopefully serve to reassure others that it’s not our own abilities or accomplishments, but the Father’s work in us, that shapes our truest and most beloved identity.”

Daniel Bashta

Pro Songwriter

Daniel Bashta has written songs that have been recorded and sung all over the planet by the Newsboys, Third Day, David Crowder, Passion Band, Jesus Culture and Bethel Music.
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Perhaps best known for penning the worship anthem Like a Lion (Gods Not Dead). Relevant Magazine has said, “Bashta’s music is simultaneously organic and arena-ready, filled with both intimacy and soaring cries to God.” Worship Leader Magazine gave his last record “The Invisible” 5 stars saying “There is something that comes alive in your soul when you hear something clearly outside the popular and proven approaches to worship music. “Bashta’s vocal power passionate yet graceful, It’s Rufus Wainwright meets Keith Green.

Learn more at: DanielBashta.com

Josh Bronleewe

WORD Publishing Songwriter

Josh’s songs have been recorded by artists like Natalie Grant, Riley Clemmons, Sanctus Real, Group 1 Crew, David Dunn, Chris McClarney, and Austin French, among others.
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Josh grew up in Austin, Texas, and studied music and sound engineering at Texas State University in San Marcos. After receiving a B.A. in Music, Josh moved to Nashville to help lead worship and dive into the rich music scene Nashville offers. Soon after moving to town, Josh signed to Centricity Music Publishing and began to hone his songwriting craft. In 2013, Josh signed his second publishing deal with Word Entertainment.

In 2007, he was a major player in breaking We Are Messengers, a Word Entertainment recording group, to Christian radio. Josh co-wrote and produced their first top ten single, “Everything Comes Alive.” In 2017, he experienced his first No. 1 on the Christian Billboard charts with “Rise” for American Idol Finalist Danny Gokey. As a songwriter, his talents have brought him outside the sphere of Christian music and into the world of Film and TV. Josh’s songs have made appearances on major networks like NBC and hit shows like the CW’s “One Tree Hill” and MTV’s “Teen Wolf.” Josh’s song “Mona Lisa,” recorded by OBB, was featured in the 2017 Google Chromebook campaign.

Leanna Crawford

Story House Media Staff Songwriter

Leanna makes a return to InspireSong 2019 after being discovered at InspireSong 2016 by mentor Matthew West. Before that time, Leanna already accomplished much during her independent journey, but her big break came in Aspen, CO!
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Leanna’s passion for music has seemingly always been a part of who she is. “Leanna sings more than she talks!” is something Leanna’s mom and dad would say as she was growing up on the tiny island of Camano in northwestern Washington.

Leanna points to a mission trip to Haiti in 2012 where she felt God spoke to her, calling her into music ministry, specifically reaching and speaking into the lives of young women. Since this trip, Leanna has been striving to do just that.

Leanna’s hard work began to truly take shape when she won Praise 106.5’s Music Search (2013) with her song, “Moment by Moment,” produced by Dove Award winning producer, Ed Cash. Over the next few years, Leanna capitalized on opportunities to open for artists such as Jars of Clay, Audio Adrenaline and sing ing the National Anthem for a sold out crowd at a Pentatonix concert.

After receiving her Music Business degree from Northwest University (Kirkland, Washington), Leanna moved to Nashville, TN to pursue her calling full time. Captured by her sound, Grammy Nominated & Dove Award winner Matthew West began working with her in an artist development capacity, and she was most recently signed as the first female artist to Story House Collective’s roster.

Continuing to develop her songwriting & performance skills, Leanna is actively songwriting around town and touring on a regular basis with artists such as Michael W. Smith, Matthew West, Jeremy Camp, Tenth Avenue North, Matt Maher, Plumb & Jordan Feliz, most recently joining the Roadshow line-up for the Christmas and Spring 2019 runs. Leanna is grateful for where God has brought her and is looking forward to the journey ahead, singing, performing and writing songs to bring glory to Him.

Learn more about Leanna at: LeannaCrawford.com

Rebekah White

WORD Publishing Songwriter

Though Rebekah had a once promising career in pop music, being a mother to her now 5 year old son, took top priority. She began writing/co-writing for other artists to pursue her dreams as a songwriter.
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She signed a publishing deal with Michael Blanton (Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith) of BE Music & Entertainment, in 2012 to further her opportunities as a songwriter.

White has written with producers Clif Magness (Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson), Dapo Torimiro (Justin Bieber, David Archeleto), Jarrod Bettis (One Republic, Adele, Gavin Degraw), Bryan Todd (Ashley Tisdale, David Foster), Pete Amato (The Voice), and Ryan and Smitty (Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown).

She has also written with known songwriters/artists; Robbie Nevil (High School Musical), AJ Lehrman, Shida Kaviani, Richard Harris (Katharine McPhee), Drew Seeley (High School Musical, Another Cinderella Story), Drew Ryniewicz (X-Factor), Taylor Beckham (The Voice), and is currently writing with Ashley Argota (Disney; How to Build a Better Boy, ABC Family; The Fosters, Nickelodeon; True Jackson VP, Bucket & Skinner) for her upcoming album due out sometime this year.

Rebekah co-wrote 2 songs, “Anything” (on itunes now), “Shout Out” (used on episode 2 of Majors & Minors) with David Quinones “DQ” of The Writing Camp, Scotty Granger of Bravo’s “Platinum Hit”, and Justin Grey (Mariah Cary) for the top rated reality series “Majors & Minors” airing on the Hub television network, and had two songs, “I Know it’s too Late,” and “Reach for the Stars,” air on “Dance Moms.”

Rebekah currently has over 30 songs circulating on TV, being played by multiple stations including E entertainment, the Ellen Show, and TMZ, that she co-wrote with Peter Amato, producer on The Voice. She also co-wrote “Music Feels Better” by artist Alexa Aronson, featuring Snoop Dog with multi platinum producer Bryan Todd. the song hit #1 the first week on the Dance Breakout charts, and is currently climbing at #16 on the Billboard Dance charts.

Taylor Agan

Staff Writer-Centricity Publishing

Taylor is a staff songwriter for Centricity Publishing and the Worship Pastor of Redemption City Church in Franklin, TN. He’s 24 years of age and has learned everything he knows from Benji Cowart.

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His songs have been recorded by NorthPoint Inside Out, Local Sound, Sanctus Real & others in the worship, CCM, pop & country world. Taylor is also the managing editor for CentricWorship.com

Adaeze Noelle Azubuike

Red Rocks Worship

Adaeze Noelle Azubuike is a worship leader and songwriter at Red Rocks church in Arvada, CO.
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Kory Miller

Red Rocks Worship

Kory Miller is on staff at Red Rocks Church in Littleton, CO. and a member of Red Rocks Worship.
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